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Harry Potter Names: Beyond Harry & Hermione

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The Harry Potter books are a name lover’s dream, author J. K. Rowling being probably the most prolific and creative character namer since Charles Dickens.  Her seven Harry Potter books have an enormous cast of magical wizards and wizards-in-training, witches, ghosts, Hogwarts School professors and students–most of them named with great gusto, humor, and a genius for witty wordplay and cleverly engineered misspellings, interweaving Greek and Latin roots with skill and panache.  Like Dickens, Rowling takes delight in matching name to nature and employs symbolism as well, as for instance calling Harry‘s good and pure mother Lily.

A favorite trick of hers is drawing characters’ names from the realm of astronomy, thus producing such celestial names as:

ANDROMEDA –a constellation in the Northern sky

BELLATRIX — a star in the constellation Orion

CASSIOPEIA — another constellation in the Northern sky

DRACO  — a constellation known as Draco the Dragon

LUNA  –  the moon

POLLUX  — one of the twin stars of Gemini

SCORPIUS –  a constellation representing a scorpion

SIRIUS   — the brightest star in the night sky

Beyond these–and certainly less extreme than such fanciful inventions as Mundungus, Nymphadora and Gwenog– are many perfectly usable, interesting and attractive name from the standard lexicon–several of them already nameberry faves.  Be warned though that some of them might be attached to some pretty unsavory characters:

GIRLS

APOLLINE

ARAMINTA

ARTEMISIA

ASTORIA

AURORA

BEATRIX

CELESTINA

CHARIS

CHARITY

DILYS

DRUELLA

ELLADORA

EMMELINE

FLEUR

GINEVRA

HERMIONE

HONORIA

ISLA

LAURENTIA

LAVENDER

LUCRETIA

MAGENTA

MAISIE

MILLICENT

MIRABELLA

MODESTY

ORLA

PANSY

PENELOPE

PETUNIA

PHYLLIDA

URSULA

VICTOIRE

BOYS

ABRAXAS

ARMANDO

ARCHIBALD

AVERY

BARTEMIUS

CADMUS

CONNOLLY

CORNELIUS

CRISPIN

DEDALUS

DEXTER

DUDLEY

DUNBAR

ELLERBY

EUAN

FALCO

FLAVIUS

GIDEON

GULLIVER

GUTHRIE

HAMISH

HUMPHREY

IGNATIUS

INIGO

IVOR

LORCAN

LYSANDER

MAGNUS

MARIUS

OCTAVIUS

ORSINO

OTTO

PHINEAS

SEPTIMUS

SEVERUS

TARQUIN

THADDEUS

TIBERIUS

TILDEN

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